Should you be concerned about crooked teeth? Patients with teeth misalignment issues are encouraged to seek orthodontic treatment to avoid long-term oral health complications. Clear aligners are a popular choice as they offer a convenient and discreet way of straightening your teeth without dealing with uncomfortable stainless steel brackets and wires. However, you must commit to a few things to get your desired results with clear aligners.
Clear aligners are designed to be removable. This can be an advantage while at the same time a disadvantage. Advantage because it’s convenient since you can remove them anytime, but a disadvantage if you don’t wear them as instructed. To achieve the desired results, you must wear them at least 22 hours daily to stay on your timeline.
If you keep taking them out and forgetting to put them back in, your teeth will not move as planned. This will only prolong your treatment time.
One of your responsibilities is to ensure that you maintain good oral hygiene habits. Besides brushing and flossing your teeth daily, you must keep your clear aligners clean to avoid plaque and bacteria buildup. You only need to brush your aligners using a soft-bristled toothbrush and lukewarm water when cleaning them. You may also use a cleaning solution specifically formulated for clear aligners.
Dark-colored food and drinks are notorious for causing tooth stains. But do you know what else they stain? Your clear aligners! When you start drinking coffee, wine, and tea with your aligners on, your aligners will absorb the pigments, and they will lose their transparency. While wearing aligners, orthodontists suggest you stick to water and other clear liquids throughout your treatment.
While on treatment, you must be careful with what you put in your mouth. If you aren’t mindful of the foods you eat, you may delay your treatment progress. Avoid crunchy and sticky foods as much as possible, as they can damage your aligners. We suggest you stick to foods that are easy to chew. If you can, cut them into bite-sized pieces.
What are chewies, and what do they do? First, let’s understand how aligners work. For your clear aligners to work, they must fit properly over your teeth so that they exert pressure to cause them to move.
But as your teeth change positions, the fit of your aligner will slightly change as well. Aligner chewies are tiny cylinders made of soft plastic that you will bite down on to help push your aligners to conform to your teeth’s shape.
If you want your treatment to be successful, you must adhere to regular checkups with your orthodontist. During these appointments, your orthodontist will monitor the progress of your teeth’s movement and make necessary adjustments to your plan to ensure that you’ll stay on track.
Clear aligners are a highly effective and convenient orthodontic treatment option, but they do require commitment and dedication to achieve the desired results. By following these tips and staying on track with your treatment plan, you can maximize the effectiveness of your clear aligners and achieve the straight, healthy smile you’ve always wanted.
At 5th Avenue Dental, we offer affordable and customizable orthodontic treatments to boost your smile. Contact us for an appointment.